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Sunday, February 14. 2016
Sheesh. Climate change hits New England. 6 below zero F around here, frozen pipes. Amazing what global warming can do to us. A few years ago, Mrs. BD and I skiied at 10 below. That was zippy, and we had the whole place to ourselves, almost. Wonderful. I remember putting anti-freeze in the toilets.
Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender
Blame an Ivory Ban for China’s Vanishing Giant Clams
Chef removes foie gras from Valentine's Day menu after getting death threats from vegans
The mess that is Fannie and Freddie
Steyn having fun: Notes After New Hampshire
Trump was out of control in South Carolina debate
Something wrong with him? Acting like a complete a-hole
ISIS extremists stone four women to death on charges of ‘committing adultery’
Raped them, then accused them of adultery for it. Multicultural morals.
Geography and Economic Growth
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Steyn's argument for Trump was one of the best I've seen. I'm not convinced, but point taken.
The mess that is Fannie and Freddie &
The imperial federal agencies
Are two stories about the same problem. Congress has quite intentionally abandoned their primary job and foisted it off onto unelected and untouchable bureaucrats. The various federal departments have been stacked with ideologues and special interests who do not work for the citizens or the country's benefit/interests. The head of the EPA should be fired immediately and the entire department investigated. A special prosecutor should appointed to root out and bring to justice all of the EPA employees who broke the law. Ditto for Fannie and Freddie, the VA, the DOJ, HHS, Dept of Labor, HUD, DOE, Dept of Ed, and the state dept. A separate special prosecutor for each dept. Our government is as corrupt as a third world country.
For some reason, the spam controller will not let me say I agree with your every word, so I'm making this into a lengthy reply.
"Trump was out of control in South Carolina debate. Something wrong with him? Acting like a complete a-hole"
Trump was foolish, but he was set up and didn't react well to it. The RNC picked the audience. As you heard, Trump was booed and jeered nearly every time he opened his mouth. Do you think it's a coincidence that someone who is leading by a wide margin in every poll in Carolina has almost no supporters in the crowd at a debate in Carolina? The audience was packed by establishment candidate supporters. Rubio and Bush got wild cheers and applause whenever they opened their mouths. Trump was taken aback by the conduct of the audience. He attacked the audience and made outrageous and foolish statements to get back at them. The moderator argued with the candidates to make them look stupid. It was a Candy Crowley/Romney event all over again. Last night made the candidates look foolish, Trump especially.
> Trump was booed and jeered nearly every time he opened his mouth.
Why, it almost as bad tweeting bird Trump and his minions.
Isn’t Dickerson the guy who wrote a piece on Slate advising Obama to “destroy" the Republican Party in 2013? And by the way, why the hell were they debating the GWB presidency instead of Obama’s, Mr. Dickerson?
And how stupid is Reince Priebus to contract with CBS to do a debate?
Is he a total moron, or what? David Rhodes runs CBS News, his brother, Ben Rhodes, is a top advisor to Obama. Duh!
Hey, great venue, Reince! Anymore genius ideas to make the Republican candidates look like total assholes on network television?
Running the pipes a little keeps them from freezing owing to incoming water being well above freezing.
Copper pipes just get bigger each time they freeze, I've been told. And thinner-walled.
Copper pipes will indeed freeze. If the pipe itself doesn't rupture it will most likely occur at a 90 degree coupling. Most copper pipe is 'hard' copper which will tend to rupture rather then expand. Most coiled copper pipe is more malleable but don't depend on it to survive a hard freeze.
re: Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender
The study hasn't even been peer-reviewed prior to publication yet and I can see at least a couple of objections to their conclusions but I'm assuming the science is already settled on this issue. After all, women make up a very small percentage of software developers – 11.2% according to one 2013 survey – and the presence of sexism in all corners of the overwhelmingly male tech industry has been well documented.
Women don't get as many 'pull' requests from GitHub. Un, huh. Could be, but this study doesn't convince me.
Trouble is, I don't know how this 'study' was constructed. I DO know that there was a foregone conclusion going into it. The females doing it were convinced of their outcome before the study was 'designed'.
If users 'in' this study were selected based on non-identifiable user-ids, isn't it just possible that 'old lady' programmers such as myself that have been in the business for, oh over 40 years (sheesh) now were preferentially selected? How about males. Could they have selected for males that have been in the business for only a few years??
Would MY code be accepted or rejected if they KNEW what my plumbing looked like? Perhaps. But I have not had this happen. This is not convincing me of it. My history in the business doesn't convince me of it either. I certainly have run into 'bias'. We are all humans and we all have our biases and they are NOT going to go away because some SJW nit-wit says to 'make it stop, mommy!!!!'.
Whenever there was trouble brewing in Neverland (engineering departments in high tech companies I have worked at), you could bet there were a bunch of SJW women at the center of it. For example, I was at an incredible company in the Boston area in the 80's, and a bunch of SJW's decided they would petition management that they needed to be paid to have babies! They should get raises equal to others in their department, EVEN THOUGH THEY TOOK TIME OFF TO SPAWN!!!! I see they were forward thinkers. But those of us that actually got work done snorted and moved on. At the time.
Granted, it would be hard to devise a study to 'prove' much about anything when it comes to code. I've only been at about a dozen companies in 40 years, but I never saw, NEVER SAW, systemic bias toward women. Perhaps I was just good at what I did. I recommend it. Being good at what you do before screeching bias!
Hmm... I designed custom software and wrote code (here in the Mid-South) in the late '80s to early '00s and never once had anyone question my ability (since I'm a woman) to do so. I was quite good at it even though I never took one single computer science class. (My degree is in chemistry with a math minor.) If you are good at it, as TheCaptain says, there is no problem.
BTW, Bernie Sanders was gracious in speaking about Scalia. CWCID
RE "The Politics of life are easy. It's the Poetics that are tough."
Falling in love is, as a comedian noted, like buying a puppy. You are purchasing a tragedy.
what a downer. who pissed in his cornflakes? go have a Snickers bar.